In the four years at uni studying Digital Interaction Design, we worked closely with Product Design, our sister course throughout the four years. They are also working towards their Degree Show right now, and I thought I would blog about a couple of projects that have been getting great media attention, and show off the work the Product Design course can create.
THE ELYMAS PREDICTION TABLE
“The Elymas table is a side table that can offer you a small, indefinite glimpse into your future. The premise of the Elymas table is simple. Turn the dial to your desired category, press the button, and receive a small piece of paper with a brief prophecy on it. Read it and take it in, does it reassure or warn you? The table’s stark power is belied by the utilitarian functionalism of its design. The beauty of this table is that anyone can use it; it simply requires a small level of thought and contemplation.
The table stemmed from researching comic book superheroes and their powers, specifically prophecy and future sight. This was used as the inspiration to create something that could give the user the ability to see into the future. The gift of prophecy is steeped in both religious and mythological history, but even if this is not known the user will admire the clarity of the simple concept and the ease of use.
The Elymas Table was handcrafted from far eastern plywood. The majority of the features were made using hand tools, giving the table a sense of personality and honesty that most furniture and products do not have.”
This project reminds me of horoscopes. Everyone always says horoscopes are a waste of time and never right, but why do people still read them? It’s the guilty pleasure. It may give them the hope that something good will happen, or the reassurance of a recent decision. Everyone wants to know what the future will bring, and with this table, anyone can have a go in a lighthearted way.
I really like how the research started and ended in what seems completely different areas, but is in fact related and in the end produced a great project that plays with the users mind in a fun, but thought provoking lighthearted manner.
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